|Tuesday, March 28, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 120
|UH and Baylor square off tonight in Top 25 showdown
By Anna Sivadasan
The bad news is that losing two of three games to Tulane over the weekend dropped the UH baseball team (20-9) four spots from No. 5 to No. 9 in the national polls this week.
The good news is that UH will be on the road to close out the month of March.
Right-handed pitcher Duncan McAdoo will take the mound tonight against No. 15 Baylor. The senior is 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in five appearances so far this season.
The team has excelled away from Cougar Field this season, posting a 12-2 road record that includes an 11-game road-winning streak. UH has not lost a road game since a season-opening series to Texas in early February.
"It's the same ball club, but we've just played better on the road," UH head coach Rayner Noble said. "At home, we haven't pitched well and gotten the timely hitting that we seem to get on the road."
The Cougars will begin a five-game road trip tonight with a non-conference game against No. 15 Baylor.
"They've got a good team," Noble said. "They pitch the ball well, and they've got the type of team that's very scrappy at home plate. But if we pitch well, we'll be in the ball game."
UH will start senior right-hander Duncan McAdoo against the Bears at Baylor Ballpark.
McAdoo underwent surgery on his right knee earlier this month, and tonight's game will be his first outing on the mound since the operation.
"I'd say I'm about 90 percent," the senior said. "I'm thinking by next week, I'll be back to full strength. Hopefully, I can go three to five innings and give our pitching staff a little boost."
For the season, he is 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in five appearances.
Despite the loss of Jason Jennings -- the 1999 National Player of the Year -- to the major league draft, the Bears remain one of the best teams in the nation. Baylor has the same 20-9 record as UH and is 7-5 in the Big 12 conference.
Baylor is expected to start left-hander Josh Scott against UH. The junior is 2-2 with an ERA of 7.92.
The Bears are batting .287 as a team and are averaging six runs per game. Junior rightfielder Jamie Bubela leads the team in hitting with a .384 average.
Baylor took two of three games at Oklahoma over the weekend. The Bears scored 27 runs in the three games.
"It's going to be a challenge," McAdoo said. "I saw what they did over the weekend, and even some of their little guys are hitting well."
The Bears won all three games between the two schools last season.
Baylor leads the all-time series 75-71.
The game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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